easy tomato and chickpea sauce

Ingredients:
Tomato puree/passata (1 can/carton)19858754_10212963283652449_774805549_n
Chickpeas (1 can, rinsed)
Garlic powder (1/2 tsp)
Paprika (1.5 tsp)
Cayenne pepper (1/2 tsp)
Cajun spices (1/2 tsp)

Optional:
Other herbs, and spices, onion, veggies, etc

Method:
Simply add all ingredients into a pot and leave on medium/low heat until cooked through. Season to taste and serve with pasta, potatoes, wraps, etc!

Pictured: Sauce served with spaghetti and and easy vegan parmesan

simple ‘arancini’

Ingredients:
18983185_10212652564764671_1161875760_nLeftover rice from paella or risotto (those pictured are made with leftovers from this recipe)
Instant oats/oat flour (1-2tbsp)
Flour (1-2 tbsp)
Bread crumbs
Oil for frying (I used sunflower)

Optional:
Extra salt and pepper, paprika, vegan cheese

Method:
Mix rice with flours (you may need to chop up rice mixture if it contains large pieces of vegetable or chickpea etc) until it is possible to form it into balls. Roll the balls around in the bread crumbs until coated.
Shallow fry them in about 1cm of oil on a medium high heat until golden brown and crispy.
Serve with potatoes, green beans, as a appetizer etc.

spiceless ‘paella’ style rice

Ingredients:
Peppers (2-3 whole, any colours, thinly sliced, into cubes, etc)
Courgette (1 whole, cut into cubes)
Cherry tomatoes (1-2 cups, whole)
Olives (1-3 tbsp, black or green)
Chickpeas (1/2-1 can)
Sunflower seeds (1-2 tbsp)
Garlic (2 cloves, crushed)
Arborio rice (1-2 cups)
Water
Salt & pepper

Optional:
Any vegetables, onion, aubergine, soya pieces, spices

Method:
Chop some of the peppers into small cubes and fry. Add larger pieces and fry. Add courgette and cherry tomatoes and continue to fry until slightly blackened and sweet but not completely burnt.
Add in garlic and rice and enough water to cover the mixture. Continue cooking on low medium heat, stirring and adding water until rice and vegetables are cooked. Add remaining ingredients and serve.

Leftover rice can be used to make arancini- recipe here

cheap chocolate sauce

Ingredients:
Cocoa powder (1 heaped tsp)
Sugar (1-3 tsp, as sweet as you want)
Water (1-3 tbsp, depends on preferred consistency)

Optional:
Peanut oil, coconut oil, coffee, syrup, vegan butter, soya milk, other flavourings

Method:
Add all ingredients into pot and stir over low heat until everything is incorporated and the sugar is dissolved.

olive pesto

Ingredients:
Green olives (a small handful- depends how much pesto you want – I used pimento)
Sunflower seeds (1-2 tbsp)
Garlic powder (1/2 tsp)
Garlic (1-2 cloves, crushed)
Italian herbs (1-2 tsp)
Olive oil (1-3 tsp)
Salt and pepper

Optional:
Fresh herbs, basil, oregano, marjoram, sun-dried tomatoes, cashews, pine nuts

Method:
Blend all ingredients together until combined and paste-like. Adjust seasoning and flavour to taste. Serve with pasta, on bruschetta, in a sandwich, whatever!

masala baked tofu

Ingredients:
Tofu (half a block, cut into smallish cubes)
Tandoori masala spice mix (1-2 tsp)
Paprika (1 tsp)
Olive oil (1 tsp- can use less or leave out completely)
Salt & pepper

Optional:
Cumin, cayenne, garam masala, garlic, etc

Method:
Mix all ingredients together and bake at 200C for 40 minutes or until a little crunchy.

garlic croutons

Ingredients:
Bread (2 slices cut into small cubes, or however much you want – using this vegan protein bread from MyProtein is very tasty and adds more protein to your salad)
Garlic (1-2 cloves, minced)
Olive oil (1-2 tsp)
Salt & pepper

Optional:
Garlic powder, basil, oregano, other herbs

Method:
Dry fry the cubes until a little browned, then add salt, pepper, garlic and oil. Mix and fry until browned, crispy and garlicy.

masala baked chickpeas

Ingredients:
Chickpeas (1 can drained and rinsed)
Tandoori masala spice mix (1-2 tsp)
Paprika (1 tsp)
Olive oil (1 tsp- can use less or leave out completely)
Sale & pepper

Optional:
Cumin, cayenne, garam masala, garlic, etc

Method:
Mix all ingredients together and bake at 200C for 40 minutes or until a little crunchy.

vietnamese style spring rolls

Ingredients:
Mushrooms
Cucumber
Red cabbage
Mangetout
Carrot
Rice vermicelli
Rice paper wrappers
Coriander
Sesame oil

Optional:
Beetroot, mango, green beans, peppers, spring onions, spinach, other greens, whatever vegetables you have and fancy.

Method:

Thinly slice all vegetables.
Place rice vermicelli in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave them to cook for a few minutes, just check them to make sure they’re done and be sure not to leave them for too long. Drain the water away and add a splash of sesame oil to stop them sticking together.
To cook the rice paper wrappers, simply place them in some hot water for up to 20 seconds (you’ll most likely need a circular dish that is not too deep).
When the rice paper wrappers are done, fill them with as many veggies as you like and roll them up like a burrito.
Serve with peanut sauce, or whatever you like.